When God Becomes Real
Panic snuck up on Brian Johnson while he was out with his son, and it clung to him on his frenzied drive home. Feeling almost outside of himself, his family called 911. He was spiraling into darkness. Waiting for the ambulance to arrive, unsure of what was happening, he gathered his family around him, asked his children to pray for him, then said, "This is when God becomes real.” In his first book, Brian shares how the panic and anxiety of his early life--panic he'd thought he'd beaten--came back to haunt him. After experiencing debilitating anxiety attacks from the age of 7 into his early adult years, Brian learned to use praise and worship to usher in the presence of God and push the panic away. Now in his mid-thirties and believing himself free of that suffering, Brian had brought a new vision of worship to the church, built a successful music label with his wife, and written award-winning songs and albums. He was at the height of his success, the pinnacle of his career, and from all appearances, things were better than ever. But there, in the midst of all that success, the ghost of his childhood anxiety returned, stronger than ever, and it pulled Brian into a downward spiral of chaos and darkness. In the year that would follow, Brian came to experience the ultimate good news: Christ, our living hope, is well-acquainted with darkness; what's more, he wants to enter into it with us. Whether or not you've struggled with panic and anxiety, you've experienced some dark season of the soul. Like Brian, we've all found ourselves trapped in our own pain, and in our desperation, we've begged God for relief. But how do we find that relief? How do we find God? In When God Becomes Real, Brian shares his vulnerable story of overcoming panic and anxiety through the power of living hope. Through it, discover how you might find God, even in the darkest hour.